Personalizing your Smart Thermostat

To set up Preferences: From the Home screen, Press More > Settings > Preferences and adjust to your needs. 

Preferences allow you to personalize your ecobee Smart Thermostat and include settings for how temperature, time and date are displayed.

Temperature Display: Touch the Temperature Display to select Fahrenheit (°F) or Celsius (°C).

Date and Time: Touch Date & Time to: 

  • Set the current date
  • Set the current time
  • Select between 12-hour or 24-hour time format
  • Select your time zone
  • Enable or disable daylight savings adjustments.

Program the time and date, as well as your time zone. If you are connected to the Internet, time and date are programmed automatically. The time zone determines when the system needs to adjust for daylight savings time. To adjust the date and/or time, use your finger to spin the scroll wheels up or down.

Sound Effects: The Smart Thermostat can make sounds when you press a button or when an alert is generated. Press Sound Effects to: 

  • Turn on/off the sound when a button is pressed
  • Adjust the volume of the sound when a button is pressed
  • Turn on /off the sound when an alert is generated
  • Adjust the volume of the sound for an alert. 

Brightness: The touch screen display has adjustable backlight brightness. You can control the intensity when the screen is active (i.e., you are pushing buttons) and when the display is in standby mode. Press Brightness to: 

  • Set the Active brightness intensity
  • Set the Standby brightness intensity
  • Set the minimum time the Thermostat will stay in active brightness before switching to Standby brightness. 

Holding Action: Whenever you manually adjust the set temperature  the Smart Thermostat will indicate you are “holding”. You can select how long the thermostat will hold the new temperature  before reverting back to the regular program. The options are: 

  •    2 hours
  •    4 hours 
  •    Until next transition  The temperature will be held until the next program stage 
  •    Indefinite  Your thermostat will continue to hold at this temperature until you press the Resume button located at the bottom of the home screen 
  •    Update Program  When you adjust the set temperature, the system will reprogram the temperature for the program period you are currently in 
  •    Ask Me  Every time you adjust the set temperature you will be asked which of the options you would like to choose 

Quick Save Temperature Limits: In Quick Save mode, your system will automatically increase (in cool mode) or decrease (in heat mode) the set temperature. Use this option to program the maximum temperature change allowed so your comfort is not compromised. The number you enter is the difference from the set temperature of the system before the Quick Save feature is activated. 

Access Control: You can configure your thermostat so certain features will require the user to enter a 4-digit access code. To enable the access code, enter a 4-digit number. (To disable this feature simply delete the number.) You can also configure the level of access control. 

Restrict All Access: Unauthorized users will only be able to view the home screen and the weather information. 

Restrict Details Access: The code is required to access the Details screen.  

Restrict Program Access: The code is required to view and modify the thermostat’s program. 

Restrict Vacation Access: The code is required to view and create a Vacation. 

Restrict QuickSave: The code is required to both enter and exit QuickSave mode. 

In all cases once the code is enabled, it will be required to access any of the list items in the Settings menu, with the exception of the About screen. Once a valid code has been entered on the thermostat, access to restricted features will be allowed until the thermostat backlight timer has expired.


Temperature Range: You can configure the thermostat so only a specific heat and/or cool set point range is permitted. 

Heat Temp Range: Move the slider to the desired maximum heat set point. Users will not be able to set the thermostat to a temperature above this limit. 

Cool Temp Range: Move the slider to the desired minimum cool set  point. Users will not be able to set the thermostat to a temperature below this limit. 


Recovery Options: Recovery options allow the Smart Thermostat to learn how your heating and cooling system works, taking into account infrastructure, weather and historical operating performance so that your home is a comfortable temperature as soon as you walk in the door. 

Smart Recovery Heat: The thermostat will start recovery at the optimum time to ensure the set point is reached at the programmed time.

Smart Recovery Cool: The thermostat will start recovery at the optimum time to ensure the set point is reached at the programmed time. 

Random Start Heat: Programming a time in this section will produce a random delay when there is call for heat. In applications with multiple heating systems, this prevents all systems from activating at the same time, creating a peak power demand. 

Random Start Cool: Programming a time in this section will produce a random delay when there is call for cooling. In applications with multiple cooling systems, this prevents all systems from activating at the same time, creating a peak power demand. 


Thermostat Name: You can customize the name of your thermostat to suit your needs (i.e. Main Floor). This is useful if you have multiple systems or zones. You can view and edit your thermostat name in the About menu on your thermostat and also in your online Web Portal.


Utility CPP Setting: This section is only applicable if your utility company is running a Critical Peak Pricing program that you have agreed to be a part of. Contact your local electrical utility company for information about programs in your area.


CPP Response: Your utility may send voluntary events to your thermostat. You can choose to always accept these events. In which case, you would just be notified that an event is in progress. Or if you choose Ask Me, when the Utility issues an event, you will be asked if you want to participate. 

If you do not acknowledge the event prior to the start, the system will default to yes. 

During a Critical Peak Pricing event the Utility may select an energy saving strategy, or allow you to use your preferred strategy.  Select from one of the options as your preferred energy saving strategy to be used during Critical Peal Pricing events.

Absolute Temperature: Set a specific heat and cool set point to be used when an event is initiated by the Utility company. If the set point at the time of the event is more favorable  (lower in heat mode or higher is cool mode) than what you have programmed, the thermostat will use the more favorable set point for the duration of the event.  

Relative Temperature: Program a temperature set back (heat) or set forward (cool) from your existing set point. For example, if you program a 4F set forward, and your current cool set point is 76F, During an event your thermostat set point will change to 80oF until the event has expired.

System Off: If this option is selected, the thermostat will turn off for the duration of this event.

Duty Cycle: This option allows you to program the maximum amount of time the system will run during a 1 hour period. For example if you select 30%, the air conditioner will run for a maximum of 18 (0.3 x 60) minutes regardless of whether the set point has been met.  0% essentially turns the system off, whereas 100% runs the system at full capacity

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